Cayenne pepper is renown for its ability to alleviate pain, increase weight loss, improve circulatory issues, as well as combat psoriasis. These benefits are induced by the active chemical compounds within the plant. Capsaicin is one such chemical compound. Cayenne pepper is often ingested as a powder, a pill, or whole. It can also be applied to the skin in the form of an ointment. On the whole, cayenne is considered to be perfectly safe for use and is utilized in kitchens around the world as a spice. However, for some people, cayenne pepper side effects are possible.
Allergic Reactions to Cayenne Pepper
Allergic reactions to capsaicin is the first of the cayenne pepper side effects. Upon the first few applications, a feeling of mild burning is to be expected. This sensations should subside after several usages. If you experience a rash or a strong irritation, you may be allergic. Be sure to test cayenne pepper and capsaicin cream on a very small area before regular usage. This will allow you to determine if you are allergic without triggering a severe reaction. Known allergies related to latex, bananas, nuts, avocados, or kiwi fruits would provide a strong indicator that you may sensitive to cayenne pepper.
Mouth, Eye & Nose Irritations
Another of cayenne pepper side effects is the cream or ointment causing irritation to the eyes, nose and mouth. Be sure to avoiding applying cream in or around the more sensitive areas of the face. Also, wash your hands vigorously after application. The capsaicin oil can leave a residue on your fingers, which you may accidentally rub your eyes with later.
Gastrointestinal Cayenne Pepper Side Effects
Cayenne pepper powder and supplements which are taken internally can cause mild irritation of the stomach. This side effect is amplified when dosage is dramatically increased. To lessen these effects, start by investing a very small dosage of cayenne pepper and very slowly increasing that dosage daily until you reach your desired amount.
Cayenne pepper can interact with certain prescription medications when you’re taking the supplement internally. Because cayenne increases the production of stomach acid, it can weaken the effects of certain acid reflux medications that act as stomach acid reducers, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. Cayenne may increase your bleeding risks if you take aspirin or blood-thinning medications or herbs. Cayenne may also increase your absorption of the asthma medication theophylline, increasing the risk of toxicity, warns the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A positive side effect of cayenne is that it may prevent stomach damage from taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.